Eighty years on. 30th September 1939

(being the reports of a solo wargaming campaign)

30th September 1939


Germany notified Britain that armed ships would be sunk without warning.

Game day 30: Finland.

No activity.

Thus ended the first month of the war. In game terms the end of the month was fairly boring.

Eighty years on. 29th September 1939

(being the continuing reports of a solo wargaming campaign)

29th September 1939


The USSR and Estonia signed a ten-year agreement, allowing Russia access to Baltic ports.

In Britain a national census for the purpose of rationing and recruitment was undertaken.

Game day 29: Norway.

No activity.

Eighty years on. 27th September 1939

(being the report of a solo wargaming campaign)

27th September 1939


Hitler ordered his Generals to plan for an attack on France in November.  The Reichssicherheitshauptampt was founded.

Game day 27: France

1st French Armoured Corps moved south-east from the Belgian border in preparation for the BEF to take over that sector in Britain’s next turn.

Eighty years on: 26th September 1939

(being the report of a solo wargame campaign)

26th September 1939


Germany claimed to have sunk the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal.  Winston Churchill claimed that Britain was winning the U-Boat war.  In Poland the German Eighth Army joined the attack on Warsaw.  In France the Communist Party was abolished.

Game day 26: China fights back

3rd Infantry Corps marched east from Singkiang and 2nd Infantry Corps in Kwangtung moved north towards Peking.  The weakened 1st Mongolian Infantry Corps marched south shadowing the Japanese movement.  There were no engagements.

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Eighty years on: 25th September 1939

(being a report of a solo wargame campaign)

25th September 1939


In Germany, Hitler ordered increased attacks on allied shipping and a swift end to the war in Poland.  Bread and flour rationing began.

Game day 25: Japan strikes south.

While 1st and 2nd Infantry Corps, supported by fighter aircraft, attacked the 1st Chinese Infantry Corps in Manchuria, 3rd Infantry Corps left Osaka, escorted by a Battleship flotilla.

Battle in Manchuria:  8 Infantry attacks at 1 and 6 Fighter attacks at 3 resulted in 6 hits.  The Chinese defended with 5 defends at 3, scoring 4 hits.  Both the 1st Chinese Infantry Corps and the 1st Japanese Infantry Corps were eliminated, and the 1st Japanese Fighter Group lost one third of its aircraft in the attack.  Japan was again in undisputed possession of “Manchukwo”.

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Eighty years on. 24th September 1939

(being the report of a solo wargame campaign)

24th September 1939


French artillery bombarded German positions.  The French Air Force bombed the Zeppelin works at Friedrichshafen.  The U-boat campaign in the North Atlantic began with the sinking of two ships.  Polish government officials were interned in Rumania.

Game day 24: Britain strikes back

The first convoy reached the coast of Newfoundland.  1st Canadian Infantry Corps moved towards Halifax to embark for Britain. 1st British armoured Corps disembarked in France.

2nd RAF Fighter Group was transferred to Scotland to join the Carrier Flotilla.

The 3rd Battleship Flotilla sailed from Scapa Flow into the North Atlantic to confront the German Fleet and 3rd Fighter Group attacked the German Submarines off the East Coast.

Battleships:  Royal Navy: 5 attacks at 4; 3 hits.  Kriegsmarine: 6 defends at 4; 5 hits.  3rd RN Battleship Flotilla was wiped out for the loss of half the German ships. 

Air attack: 6 attacks at 3; 1 hit.  Submarines: 6 defends at 2; no hits.  One submarine was sunk.

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Eighty years on. 19th-23rd September 1939

(being the report of a solo wargame campaign)

Apologies for the enforced delay to my reports. I prepared everything I needed to post daily from a field in Oxfordshire while away from home, but found that WordPress is unmanageable on an I-Phone. Text overlaps, categories and tags are almost impossible to access. Therefore here is the “catch-up” post for the previous five days. Fortunately in the game not much happened until 23rd September.

19th September 1939


The Russian and German armies met at Brest-Litovsk.  Poland was now officially divided between the two major powers and once again ceased to exist as an independent country.

Game day 19: Norway.

No activity.

20th September 1939


The first battle between the RAF and the Luftwaffe.  Two Fairey Battles and one ME109 were shot down.

French Prime Minister Deladier resigned. 

Game day 20: Finland

No activity.

21st September 1939


Reynaud succeeded Deladier as Prime Minister of France.  Romanian Prime Minister Calinescu was assassinated by the fascist Iron Guard.

Game day 21: USA

No activity.

22nd September 1939


Russians captured Lwow and Bialystok. 

Game day 22: USSR

1st Ukranian  Infantry Corps moved into Poland.  1st Fighter Group was moved into Ukraine in support.

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23rd September 1939


German Jews were forced to surrender their wireless sets.

Game day 23: German navy breaks out.  Warsaw captured.

The 1st Battleship Flotilla moved into the North Atlantic.  1st Submarine Flotilla attacked the British naval base at Scapa Flow.  6 Sneak attacks at 2; 2 hits.  No defence is possible against a sneak attack.  The Submarines then withdrew.

2nd Submarine Flotilla moved south towards the English Channel.  The 2nd Battleship Flotilla moved to the middle of the South Atlantic.

2nd Armoured Corps captured Warsaw.  3rd Polish Infantry Corps was caught between 2nd German Armoured Corps and 3rd German Infantry Corps, supported by 1st Fighter Group, and 1st Bomber Group.  Bombing attack.  6 attacks at 4; 4 hits.  Fighter attack. 6 attacks at 3; 2 hits. 2nd Armoured Corps. 6 attacks at 3; 5 hits.  3rd Infantry Corps. 2 attacks at 1; 1 hit.  Total 12 hits.  Polish infantry defence. 3 defends at 2; no hits.  Polish 3rd Corps was eliminated.

1st Armoured Corps and 2nd Infantry Corps, supported by 2nd Fighter Group, attacked 2nd Polish Infantry Corps.  Fighter attack. 6 attacks at 3; 3 hits.  1st Armoured Corps. 4 attacks at 3; 2 hits.  2nd Infantry Corps. 4 attacks at 1; 1 hit.  Total 6 hits.  Polish defence. 3 defends at 2; 2 hits.  The Polish army was eliminated and the capital captured.

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Normal service is resumed as of today.

Eighty years on. 18th September 1939

18th September 1939


In Poland, the battle of the Bzura ended with 170,000 Polish prisoners.  Polish Cypher Bureau members arrived in Paris with the German “Enigma” cypher codes. The Polish government fled to Rumania, where they were interned.   William Joyce (“Lord Haw-Haw”) was employed by German radio.  

Game day 18: Italy

Italy took no action. Historically Mussolini believed that the country would not be ready for a major war until 1943.

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